Spring / summer 2012 is a hotspot for the the hottest of what has become colloquially known as an arm party. No one’s tastes have been left out (except, perhaps, those who’d thumb their nose at the term): bright coloured bangles mingle this season with gemstone-embellished wristlets and leather strapped cuffs sit next to metallic gold bracelets.

The jewellery this season is chunky and bold, with a slight nudge from geometrical abstraction and baroque intricacy. And all of it is vibrant, often sparkly, and often textured and studded.

Accessorising was once about statement earrings and necklaces, however, this summer, your wrists are the centre of attention.

If you’re looking at hosting one of these successful parties while styling your summer wardrobe, then please do continue reading after the jump, as we have narrowed down an extensive variety of wrist candies for you.


Marni Brass Cuff

Marni’s brass cuff

Wear this crisp green bangle by itself or team it with other primary coloured bangles to make a statement. While this style sits in line with the tribal fashion trend, you can easily wear it other bold gold accessories and create a your own look.

Givenchy Leather Obsedia Cuff

Givenchy Leather Obsedia Cuff

If athletic fashion is your protocol for the season, then a leather or spiked leather cuff is your main accessory. The gold metal detailing on this Givenchy leather cuff gives it the alternative sportswear edge. This cuff doesn’t need a partner, as it’s strong in solidarity. However, it could be paired with plain metal rings on the opposite hand.

J.Crew Enamel Bangels

J.Crew enamel bangles

This beautiful turquoise set of bangles is easy on the wallet and beautiful for a hot, summer day. Team it with an all-white ensemble, and notice the instant pop in your attire. Wear this with other bright colours of the season; the more the merrier!

River Island Slim Cut Golden Bangles

River Island slim-cut golden bangles

If you’re going to cheat with accessories this summer, then make cheat to good effect by including these River Island slim-cut golden bangles in your jewellery box. It looks like a set of 10-different bangles, but it’s essentially one piece connected with a hoop style keeper. The engraved detailing gives the accessory its ethnic feel. It’s a simple piece; so don’t be afraid to load up on other metallic gold jewellery such as chunky necklaces or statement earrings.

Assad Mounser Gold-Pleated Multi Chain Bracelet

Assad Mounser gold-pleated multi chain bracelet

Staying on trend with the neon colour palette of the season, this multi-chain bracelet is tribal without being classified as hippy. Its pink and coral chords clash with the gold-pleated brass in an elegant manner.

Alexander McQueen Skull Charm Watersnake Bracelet

Alexander McQueen skull charm watersnake bracelet

Use this skull charm bracelet to map out a polished look for this season. It comes in three other colours, however this taupe water-snake strap would compliment every outfit. Especially if your wardrobe is tilting towards monochromatic or neutral tones this summer.

French Connection Wooden Bangle Set

French Connection wooden bangle set

Donna Karan brought out super chunky wooden bangles for her spring / summer collection, but you can go subtle with this slim five-pack set from French Connection. These earthy varieties are also great to pair with other styles for the season.

Dannijo Swarovski Studded Bracelet

Dannijo’s Swarovski-studded bracelet

Embellishments are having a baroque moment this season, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be taking an advantage of it. Pick an accessory for the wrist that’s embedded with rhinestones, mirrors, beads or pearls.

ETRO two-tone cuff

Etro two-tone cuff

The structural and architectural designs seen on the spring runway reflected on the graphic style of the 20th century. Mirror that abstract phenomenon in your current wardrobe via accessories for a modern look. We’re loving the Art Deco feel of this plastic-polyester two-tone cuff.

Danish Design Watch

Danish Design watch

What’s an arm party without our old friend – the wrist watch? The mesh strap detailing in this Danish Design watch gives it a nod for the trend side of things for summer. But if you’re not game enough to include sheer perforated fabric in your wardrobe, then this is your chance to take baby step and enter the mesh world.

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